Sir Vincent Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, BBC Radio Two Presenter Jeremy Vine, mountaineer Chris Bonington, Strictly Come Dancing stars (past and future!) Ann Widdecombe and the Reverend Richard Coles, along with celebrated historical author Kate Williams are just some of leading authors and writers presenting at this year’s seventh annual Petworth Literary Festival.
Since its early establishment as a Literary Weekend, seven years ago, the Festival has now expanded to a week-long programme, establishing its presence as an important feature of the annual Petworth diary for audiences and speakers from across the UK and beyond. It is an opportunity to celebrate the written word with renowned authors, keen to visit this beautiful part of the world to take part in a festival that now has a considerable pedigree and reputation. This year’s Festival runs from the 31st October – 5th November in Petworth, West Sussex.
Stewart Collins, Artistic Director said of the Festival:
'I couldn’t possibly pick out individual highlights as literally every event is potentially just that, but as an overall comment I would have to say that we really do seem to be building momentum as a literary festival of both significance and also variety. Much as with our summer festival these are two qualities that are clearly loved in our part of the world, and I have absolutely no doubt our ever growing audience will snap up the tickets for this November’s week given the range of events on offer.'
The programme includes a broad range of subjects from politics, through history and current affairs, to biography, food, music, local walks and acts of derring-do. There’s also a Schools Poetry Event with Rachel Long, presented in partnership with the West Sussex branch of The Arts Society and the opportunity for young readers to meet Kieran Larwood, writer of the Blue Peter Book Award winning novel The Legend of Podkin One Ear and hear the first chapters of the eagerly anticipated sequel.
In addition, each performance includes a book-signing, organised and managed by Petworth Bookshop, giving ticket-holders the opportunity to purchase the latest published work, signed by the authors themselves; a brilliant souvenir to take home with them.